Frenum Ladder

Frenum LadderFrenum Ladder is a male genital piercing consisting of multiple frenum piercings along the penis shaft. It is not uncommon for men to have their whole underside of the penis covered in piercings.

As such, Frenum Ladder is not a separate piercing type, but many piercings made at a specific location. While each of the individual frenum piercings is a piercing for itself, typically with its own jewelry, all of them are considered a part of the Frenum Ladder they belong to.

Frenum Ladder is also known as Jacob’s Ladder, so you may find information about this piercing under this name.

Building a Frenum Ladder

Frenum Ladder consists of individual frenum piercings parallel to each other. Typically, frenum piercings go all the way down the shaft of the penis on the underside. Since these are basically multiple frenum piercings the procedure is the same as for any individual frenum piercing.

Typically, the highest possible placement for a frenum piercing is at the point where the penis head meets shaft. The lowest possible placement is on the bottom of the shaft (lorum piercing). These are typical placements for frenum piercings and those piercings, when positioned parallel to each other, make a Frenum Ladder.

That being said, it is possible to have piercings located on other points on the shaft, in which case the ladder may have a different shape or orientation. These placements are, however, rarer than a typical Frenum Ladder.

It is possible to build a Frenum Ladder one by one (by performing frenum piercings individually) or by doing multiple frenum piercings at once. It is uncomfortable to get so many piercings at once, so men are advised to build their Frenum Ladder over a time. Since frenum piercings are relatively easy to perform and very quick to heal, it doesn’t take so much time to build a Frenum Ladder.

However, you need to be careful and gentle with your multiple piercings. Performing adequate aftercare is a must. You also need to make sure not to hurt your new piercings on clothes or during sexual activities.

Typical jewelry for Frenum Ladder is the same as individual frenum piercings: straight barbells, circular barbells and Captive Bead Rings. For a Frenum Ladder, however, it’s best if all individual piercings in the row have the same type of jewelry.

Additional Info and Tips

Frenum piercings are typically quick to heal. They heal in about 2 to 6 weeks. However, it is important to take a good care of them to prevent problems such as infection, migration and rejection.

That being said, rejection is relatively rare for frenum piercings, but they do have a significant risk for migrating. You need to be aware of this is you wish to build a Frenum Ladder since migrated piercings may disturb the ladder or affect other piercings in the ladder.

Many men choose to expand their Frenum Ladder even further to include lorum piercings (at the base of the penis, where it meets scrotum) and hafada piercings (on the scrotum). This way, the ladder goes all the way from the top of the penis down to the bottom of the scrotum.

Some men don’t stop there and include guiche piercings (on the perineum). For these people, the ladder goes from the top of the penis all the way down to the anus (or near anus).

Keep in mind that some of the frenum piercings may be surface piercings (depending on the placement). This can affect their longevity. That is another thing to keep in mind if you wish to build a Frenum Ladder.

Frenum piercings tend to close quickly when jewelry is removed. This is something to keep in mind if you wish to have a Frenum Ladder.

Piercing Problems: Hypergranulations

HypergranulationOne of the most common problems you may have with your piercing is a red bump forming around the piercing. These bumps, called hypergranulations, can form even if you take a good care of your piercing, but are more common with neglected piercings.

One more reason to perform adequate aftercare and to take a good care of your piercings!

Hypergranulations form around the piercings in healing, though it is not unheard of to have one formed around an old piercing, particularly if it’s infected. That being said, most of hypergranulation bumps form around piercings in healing, which is one of the reasons to always take a great care of your new piercing and to observe it closely to notice any problems.

Keep in mind that a piercing is essentially a wound in healing. Hypergranulations form around wounds, and piercings are no different. These growths can form quickly around a piercing in healing, particularly if the piercing is subjected to significant level of moisture. Another common problem that can lead to development of bumps is infection – infected piercings often produce hypergranulations. Finally, keep in mind that trauma and other injuries to your piercing can lead to the development of hypergranulation tissue.

There are two ways in which hypergranulations manifest around a piercing. The first one is a reddish bump at one side of the piercing. It is typically formed on the side, but it can appear almost anywhere around a piercing. Many of those bumps look puffy and like they are filled with fluid.

The other common form is a red, puffy tissue around the piercing. These hypergranulations without a bump are more common around surface piercings, but it’s not a rule.

Hypergranulations always have a raised appearance and tend to be reddish in color. Often times, they resemble keloid scars, but are less extreme and usually much easier to remove. Keep in mind that a hypergranulation is always localized around the piercing and doesn’t spread much in other directions. It is an aesthetic problem but easier to control than keloid scars and it’s also less problematic for the health. That being said, some hypergranulations can get out of control so it’s always important to seek medical attention in the case of hypergranulations. While some cases can be successfully treated at home, sometimes there is nothing you can do. If the hypergranulations persist or if they grow and cause further problems, it is vital to seek medical attention.

As with many other problems with piercings, it is best to treat hypergranulations as soon as they start forming. This gives you the best chance to treat them completely and without much hassle.

How to Treat Hypergranulations

Oftentimes, hypergranulations form as a result of the pressure jewelry makes on the piercing. This is why changing jewelry to a more comfortable piece is typically the first thing to do if you wish to treat and stop hypergranulations. In this case, you may need to change jewelry for a smoother, lighter or longer jewelry piece. It is best to switch to jewelry made of hypo-allergenic material such as titanium or BioPlast.

If this happens during the initial stages of healing, make sure to consult your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to change jewelry by yourself unless the piercing is healed or at least pass the initial stages of healing.

In order to get rid of the hypergranulation tissue, you need to use sea salt solution soaks several times per day. Alternatively, you may use specialized aftercare sprays made for piercings in healing, provided that they are not too harsh. The gentlest way to go is to make your own saline solution. If your piercing is in healing, use the solution you’d apply anyway as part of your cleaning regime. This time, however, make sure to add one or two more saline soaks per day than your usual amount.

Other than saline soaks, it is important to keep your piercing dry. Keep in mind that moisture makes the matters worse, so your piercing should be kept clean and dry.

You should see an improvement within a few days to a week. While he hypergranulation might not disappear completely, it should be smaller and your piercing should show signs of improvement. In case this doesn’t happen even after a week, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Do not wait – hypergranulations can turn into infections or scars, and you want to avoid that at all costs.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Do not mistake hypergranulations for other problems, such as piercing infections, acne or keloid scars. If in doubt, consult your piercer. However, keep in mind that it’s vital to talk to your doctor to get true medical advice and help.
  • Typically, hypergranulations form around navel and nostril piercings, but can develop anywhere. Do not assume that you are risk-free if you get a piercing that is not commonly known for causing hypergranulations.
  • To improve healing, make sure to get plenty of rest. Eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water.
  • Do not disturb your piercing. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on clothes or during your sleep. Never touch your piercing and don’t twist or turn the jewelry.
  • If you cannot treat a hypergranulation or if it gets worse, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
  • One of the best ways to prevent hypergranulations is to perform adequate aftercare for your piercing in healing and to observe your piercing regularly to notice any changes.
  • In some extreme cases, hypergranulations cannot be treated while the jewelry is still in and while the piercing exists. In this case, you will need to retire your piercing. However, if it’s done properly you may be able to get re-pierced when the tissue is rested and healed.

Rosebud Sounds Guide

rosebud soundsRosebud Sounds are urethral toys with a special bulbous head. These are one of the best sounds for beginners, since they are thin, non-intimidating and relatively short. They also have a mostly smooth body, which improves comfort during use. All these characteristics make Rosebud sounds one of the best urethral toys for beginners.

The Design

Rosebud sounds have a characteristic design so it’s difficult to mistake them for any other type of urethral toys. These sounds have a very thin, long body and a characteristic, bullet-shaped tip. The tip is wider than the body of the sound, so it provides additional stimulation during use. The bulbous tip also serves as a safety: it makes the toy’s tip wider and thus safer to use. This is particularly important for beginner users who cannot use very thin toys because they are too sharp and thus dangerous if you don’t know how to use them correctly. There is no such a fear with Rosebud sounds, so they make a great toy for beginners.

The tip of a Rosebud sound resembles a bullet vibrator or a bead on anal beads. It also makes the whole sound look like various anal insertibles with a bulbous head, such as Beaded Handle with Stick, Pleasure Pod Probe and Lollipop Insertable, only thinner and designed for urethral use. This special, bulbous tip is made for sensitive yet intense massage of the most pleasurable spots, so it makes Rosebud sounds very arousing. The tip can be used for targeted stimulation of sensitive urethral spots or it can simply provide additional stimulation to the urethral walls during use.

The Rosebud sounds also have a relatively long handle that is a bit thicker than the body of the sound. It makes them easy to hold and manipulate during use. The handle makes the experience even more comfortable and painless, so it’s yet another reason why Rosebud sounds are great for beginners.

Since they are straight, Rosebud sounds can be inserted and removed even while the penis is erect. It gives you some flexibility, because you can choose to insert and remove them both when you are flaccid and erect without no problems.

Rosebud sounds come in many different lengths, diameters and size of the bulbous tip. It means there are Rosebud sounds for users of all experience levels. These sounds typically come in kits, so you can choose the one that suits you best.

When to Use Rosebud Sounds?

Rosebud sounds are great for beginners who wish to try longer toys for the first time. As such, it is ideal for those transitioning from penis plugs to more demanding toys. Also, Rosebud sounds are great for those who wish to try deeper stimulation without compromising comfort.

That being said, Rosebud sounds cannot be used for true deep stimulation. While longer than typical penis plugs and shortest urethral sounds, Rosebud sounds are not long enough to reach prostate or bladder. Therefore, they are generally not suitable for deep urethral stimulation, particularly if it includes prostate massage or bladder massage.

As such, Rosebud sounds might not be intense enough for experienced and the most demanding users, particularly those who wish to experiment with truly deep urethral stimulation.

However, Rosebud sounds are designed for pleasure, so even experienced users enjoy them to the fullest. The bullet-shaped end makes for a very intense yet comfortable experience that both beginners and more demanding users can like.

Ashley Piercing

AshleyAshley piercing is a lip piercing that is a variation of a more common vertical labret piercing. That being said, since vertical labret is also a relatively rare piercing, Ashley is considered a lesser common type of lip piercing. That being said, this is a very effective piercing type so there is no reason not to get one if you like how it looks.

Piercing and Placement

Technically speaking, Ashley piercing can be seen as an “inverse vertical labret”. With Ashley piercing, one of the ends of the jewelry (one bead) sits on top of the lower lip, while the other end of the piercing is inside the mouth. This is a variation of vertical labret piercing. With typical vertical labret, both ends of the jewelry sit outside of the body: one in the middle of lower lip and the other under the lower lip.

In this sense, Ashley is both a facial and oral piercing, similar to other lip piercings in which one end of the jewelry sits outside of the body and the other one is inside of the mouth.

Ashley is very effective and attractive because there is only one bead visible on the lip, while the other one is hidden.

Since the needle goes through relatively much tissue, Ashley piercings tend to be painful, but it’s manageable. However, they are definitely considered one of the more painful lip piercings, so keep that in mind if you wish to have this piercing done.

You can expect some swelling after the procedure, but it should go away in the following days. Just perform aftercare as instructed by your piercer and you should be fine. That being said, if the swelling persists and you encounter other problems, it would be for the best to consult your piercer.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Ashley piercing is a curved barbell. This one seems to work the best and provides the best comfort. It is also a very safe choice in terms of piercing health and preventing infections and other problems.

Another common jewelry type for this piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. If this jewelry type is used, the bead should be positioned to sit comfortably in the middle of the lower lip.

However, some other jewelry types are also possible, such as straight barbells or labrets (labret studs). When choosing jewelry for Ashley piercing, it is important to make sure that the jewelry is long enough to accommodate the piercing.

Straight barbells might be more comfortable if you choose to have your Ashley piercing off-center (and to the side). Some people choose to wear these side Ashley piercings in pairs, so it’s a very attractive choice.

Because of the swelling, some piercers recommend longer initial jewelry that has to be changed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, make sure that your piercer is the one to change your jewelry – never attempt to change initial jewelry on your own!

Additional Info and Tips

Ashley piercing is also known as Inverse Vertical Labret, so this might be the name your piercer will use.

The healing time for Ashley piercing is similar to that of the vertical labret: 8 to 10 weeks.

Ashley piercing is typically done at 16 gauge or 14 gauge, though there are some cases of piercings done at a bit larger gauges. Some piercers even use an 18 gauge needle for this piercing, but this might be too small to be comfortable for most users.

Ashley piercings tend to close up fast when the jewelry is removed. They will start to shrink after 15-20 minutes if you take your jewelry off, so keep that in mind.

“In and Out” Sounding: How To

SoundingOne of the most exciting things about urethral stimulation is that you can play with your toys in many different ways. It all depends on your preferences and experience level, but there are definitely various things you can try.

For many people, one of the most exciting things about urethral stimulation is to use the toy to simulate penetrative sex. In other words, to penetrate your penis with a toy. Typically, it is done using in and out movements, in which the sound or a penis plug is moved in and out of the penis. Basically, it means “fucking” yourself (or your partner!) with a urethral toy. While not all people enjoy this activity, many claim this is the best and most arousing part of urethral stimulation.

“In and Out” Sounding Tips

If you wish to try in and out sounding, good news: there is actually nothing preventing you to try. There are not many rules and guidelines for this form of a play, though as with any other form of urethral stimulation, it is vital to stay safe and know how to proceed. For this reason, inexperienced users are advised to try this form of stimulation with an experienced partner who will sound them. If you wish to try this activity on your own, the most important thing is to go slowly and gently! This is an absolute must to keep yourself safe and without injuries to your urethra.

Here are some tips on safe in and out sounding:

Insert the toy carefully. The toy has to be inserted with care. Do not rush things out.

Use plenty of lube. In and out sounding makes a lot of friction, so to prevent injuries to your urethra, make sure to use plenty of lube. Lube the toy and your penis before you start. If it ever becomes a bit too rough, make sure to re-lube before continuing.

Go gently. It is an imperative to go slowly and gently. While it might be difficult to maintain the slow rhythm as you get aroused, it is vital to stay safe. Do not go too rough!

Go only an inch or two. One important thing to know about in and out sounding: the stroking motions should be short. You should move the toy out only for an inch or two! Use short strokes and do not move the toy more than an inch or two up and down! This is important to maintain safety.

Do not go too deep. In and out stimulation is ideal for shorter urethral toys, such as ribbed and textured penis plugs and short sounds. It is generally not made for deep stimulation, so make sure not to insert the toys too deeply into your urethra.

You may need to downsize, but be careful. This is a tricky one. Generally speaking, toys that are too thin are reserved for experienced users only, since they are sharper and more dangerous. On the other hand, in and out sounding generally feels better with a toy that is one size (but not more!) smaller than your usual size. It will make the toy glide with ease. That being said, it is dangerous to use toys that are too thin, so if you are only starting out (and using toys one size bigger than the smaller one or two sizes bigger than the smallest one), using a thinner toy for in and out sounding may be too dangerous. This is why beginner users are absolutely encouraged to either stretch their urethra first or not to try in and out sounding at all. You may try with your usual toy diameter and see how it goes. If it’s too tight for in and out sounding it’s better to wait until you are more experienced or until your urethra is properly stretched. Do not use super-thin toys for this purpose! Again, those are reserved for experienced users.

Use appropriate toys. Always use only toys specially designed for urethral stimulation. If you wish to try in and out massage, it’s best to use short, textured toys made for the purpose. These toys with bumps and textured exterior will provide additional stimulation during use and will enhance the in and out motions. Recommended products:

Additional Tips

  • While the article is focused on penis and male users, it’s important to know that women can enjoy this type of urethral massage, too. All you need to do is to choose a smaller toy than the one appropriate for penis sounding. Use plenty of lube and try gentle in and out movements to see how they feel. However, keep in mind not to go too deeply. If you feel any pain or if your urethral toy reaches the end of urethra, you should stop and wait until your body recovers. Next time, try using shorter movements.
  • That being said, there are some women who enjoy bladder teasing (just like there are men who like the same thing). If you wish to do this keep in mind that this activity is more dangerous so you need to be as gentle as possible. Women have a much shorter urethra, which makes for a greater risk to develop urinary tract infections. As usual with these types of extreme sexual activities, it’s best to consult a doctor before doing anything!
  • Keep in mind that in and out movements will probably irritate your urethral walls, even if you use plenty of lube (and you should always use lube!) Expect some burning during urination. Some people also experience a bit of pain, but it doesn’t last long. If the pain and burning sensation persist for hours or into following days make sure to consult your doctor.
  • If you experience pain (particularly sharp pain), significant discomfort, discharge, blood, cramps or any other problem, it is important to seek medical attention immediately! To stay safe, it is best to find a kink-friendly doctor beforehand. Ask for their opinion and advice how to stay safe during sounding and make sure to contact them if you encounter any sort of a problem!

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio

Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing StudioIn order for a piercing studio to be safe, it has to follow all the procedure requirements. This is particularly true for hygiene standards and sterilization. All the reliable studios will follow these procedures but sometimes it’s difficult to tell a good studio from the bad.

The main issue is that there are so many things that go behind the scenes. As a client, you will not be able to witness all the safety and sterilization measures in a studio. That being said, keep in mind that it’s your right to know that a studio is safe, and that you can request to see results of certain tests.

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio: How To

It is important to ask and observe. Visit a studio and see how clean it is. Ask questions. Note how the staff behaves. During the procedure, observe how tools and other equipment is handled. Here are some important things to note when judging safety and sterilization in a piercing studio:

Cleanliness

The first thing you need to note is the state of cleanliness in the studio. It can be seen right at the door, even before you enter the piercing room. Make sure that the studio is clean and well-maintained. Clean, dust-free floors, chairs and counters. This is often a very telling thing about the hygiene in the whole studio, particularly the piercing room.

The room where procedures are performed should be extra clean. Pay attention to the state of the floors and any furniture in the room. Again, while it is not enough that the room is clean, it is an indicator about hygiene. That being said, there is more to safety and sterilization than just clean furniture, but it’s a huge red flag if the piercing room is messy.

Also, it is important that the room used for piercing procedures has adequate containers to dispose used needles, gloves and other equipment. Make sure that your piercer follows these procedures. If you notice that they toss used tools and needles around, it’s a bad sign.

Autoclave

Make sure that your chosen studio has an autoclave. It is an absolute must and you should never agree to get pierced at a place that doesn’t have an autoclave. Autoclave has to be used to properly sterilize all the instruments and tools in the studio.

That being said, having an autoclave is not enough. It has to be properly checked and inspected regularly. You should always request to see the spore test results at your chosen studio. All studios should have the spore test performed by an independent inspector. This is the only way to ensure that the sterilization process is complete.

Sterilization Pouches

All tools and equipment should be stored in special pouches after sterilization. There is no use in using autoclave if the sterilized equipment is not kept clean afterwards. To ensure safety, it is vital that everything sterilized in the autoclave is kept in special pouches or another type of a sealed packaging.

You should never allowed to be pierced by a person handling unsterilized equipment. The only way to know it’s safe is to see how the piercer handles the equipment (it has to be unpackaged in front of you).

Gloves

It is vital that your piercer wears sterile gloves throughout the procedure. Never allowed to be pierced if the person is not wearing gloves. The gloves should be new and unpacked in front of you. The piercer should not just use gloves that were used for another client before.

Keep in mind, however, that one pair of gloves will probably not be enough for the whole procedure. In other words, your piercer will likely have to change several pairs of gloves to perform a single piercing. Typically, one pair of gloves is used for preparation and marking while the new one is used to perform the actual piercing. In some cases, several pairs of gloves have to be used for a single piercing, particularly in the case of more complex piercings or if there is a bleeding.

Also, it is important that your piercer wears gloves for things like jewelry changing and any consultation work. Just because you are not getting pierced at the moment doesn’t mean that your piercer should not have the gloves on!

New Piercing Needles

The needle used to pierce you has to be new and come in a sealed packaging. This is an absolute must. For the obvious reasons, you should never allowed to be pierced with a needle that’s already been used on someone else. You should not even allow to be pierced with the same needle used to pierce you (in case something has to be repeated).

It is important to make sure that your piercer takes a new, sealed needle. The needle should be unpacked in front of you and used immediately. This is the only way to ensure safety. Make sure that your chosen piercer follows all of the needed safety procedures.

Ball Stretchers: Is Bigger always Better?

Ball StretchersSome people wonder how to make their ball stretchers more effective and how to achieve the best results in the shortest period of time.

The trouble with ball stretching is that it’s not necessarily permanent – your balls will stretch when wearing a ball weight but they will typically go back to their original size in a matter of days.

That being said, it is possible to achieve more permanent results, but it takes a lot of time and patience.

Wearing Big Ball Stretchers

Since ball stretching is an ongoing process, it is not surprising to know that there are so many people who wonder how to get a head start. One of the common ideas is to wear big, heavy ball stretchers instead of smaller and less intense ones. Does that mean that the bigger is better?

To a point, yes. Bigger, metal ball stretchers can sure bring more effective and more permanent results. However, there is such a thing as being “too much”. If you take a huge stretcher straight away it will actually be counter-productive. Instead of stretching, you will only hurt yourself and set your progress back. In other words, bigger is not always better. Going for the largest and heaviest stretchers out there can be a very bad idea.

The trouble with ball stretchers that are too big and heavy is that they can be too intense for your body. Your scrotum needs to stretch gradually or else you’re risking an injury. Too much weight applied to the scrotum will damage the tissue and lead to numerous problems. It is also counter-productive when it comes to ball stretching results since any injury means that you have to pause stretching and wait until your body is recovered to continue. By the time you are ready to take stretchers again you might lose all the results you’ve had in the past so you might need to start from scratch. All because you tried to cheat by using stretchers that were too big and too heavy for you.

What to Do?

Instead of pushing your body with extremely heavy and big ball weights, you need to find a good balance between comfort and results. In other words, your ball stretching routine should include devices that are strong enough to provide good results but also light enough not to cause health and other problems. This is the only way to ensure safety and, ultimately, effective results.

You should particularly stick to this rule if you wish your ball stretching results to be long-lasting and if you truly want to have those great low hangers. The more you force your body into tight heavy, uncomfortable stretchers the more problems you’ll have. Injuries and other problems will become common, which will only set your progress back and slow you down.

In other words, you need to be patient. Ball stretching is not something you can do overnight. You simply can’t get those low hangers out of nowhere. There is no gimmick, and wearing too big and heavy stretchers is definitely not a recipe for a success.

Instead of relying on weights that are too heavy, go for smaller or thinner ball stretchers. That being said, it’s best to use metal ball weights since they are more effective, just make sure not to take too much. Do not use more than one stretcher at a time until your body is ready. If you notice any pain or discomfort, remove the stretcher immediately. Follow these few simple rules and you’ll be at the right path for getting those impressive low hangers you’ve been dreaming of!

Hegar Sounds

Hegar SoundsHegar sounds are among the most popular urethral sounds in the world.

In fact, they are probably the most common sounds used for erotic urethral play.

If you wish to start with urethral sounding, you can’t go wrong with Hegars!

The Design

Hegar Sounds are slightly curved sounds suitable for both beginners and more experienced users. They are smooth and come in many different sizes. Their main characteristic is the slightly curved S shape. In many ways, these are the most popular sounds you can find on the market and probably the most popular sound shape for all sounding enthusiasts.

Hegar sounds are anatomically-shaped, which means that they fit the urethra perfectly. They have a slight curve that will feel so good inside your body. The curve and the overall design of Hegar sounds are made for the best comfort. Not to mention that these sounds are relatively short so they are never too intimidating. This is a great option for beginner users who wish to try urethral sounding for the first time.

These sounds are also polished to perfection and slightly tapered, which also makes for a very comfortable experience. The tapered tip makes for easier insertion, which only makes them great for beginners. That being said, do not forget to use plenty of lube!

Hegar Sound Kits

Hegar sounds typically come in kits, even though it is also possible to find individual Hegars to enjoy. That being said, kits offer certain advantages, such as a good value for the price. Also, keep in mind that a kit contains many sounds of different sizes, so it allows you to experiment with different sounds to find the one that suits you best. This is a great way to try many different sensations, all with the same kit.

Keep in mind that the each Hegar sound has differently-sized endings, so you’re getting a double number of sizes in the kit. For example, a typical Hegar sound kit contains 4 to 6 sounds, which means that you’ll be getting 8 to 12 different sizes to enjoy.

Also, there are special Hegar kits made for more experienced users. These are thick Hegar sounds made in bigger diameters than the regular ones so even the most demanding users can enjoy Hegars to the fullest.

When to Use Hegar Sounds?

Hegar sounds are ideal for beginners who wish to try urethral sounding for the first time. They are smooth, comfortable and only slightly curved, so it makes it easy to insert them all the way down. In fact, the mild curve improves comfort, which is a great feature for beginner users who are still not fully accustomed to using urethral sounds.

Hegar sounds are also great for those who wish to transition from penis plugs to longer and more demanding toys. These sounds are not among the shortest ones, but they are definitely small enough not to be intimidating. That being said, keep in mind that Hegar sounds come in many sizes so it’s important to choose the right one. Beginners are never advised to use too thin urethral sounds because they can be dangerous for newbie users who are still inexperienced with sounding.

In other words, Hegar sounds are great beginner sounds. If you wish to order a sound kit, it’s best to start with Hegars. There are also some very thick sizes to choose from, so these sounds are great even for more experienced and demanding users.

That being said, keep in mind that Hegar sounds are not long enough for deep urethral stimulation. They will fill you up but you cannot use them for prostate or bladder massage. Any deep urethral stimulation should be left to longer toys that are specially designed for the purpose.

Jewelry Settings: Prong and Bezel

14K Gold 6 Prong Round Gem Set Fixed Ring

14K Gold 6 Prong Round Gem Set Fixed Ring

There are many different ways to secure the gem to the jewelry. The most basic ways is to simply glue the gem to the jewelry. Needless to say, this is a very bad method, but it’s used surprisingly often, especially to produce body piercing jewelry.

You should always avoid this type of jewelry and choose jewelry with a more secure way to hold the gems. This is achieved through various settings made on the jewelry with the purpose to hold the stones. The most popular of these are prong and bezel settings.

Prong Setting

Prong setting is the most popular of all jewelry settings used to secure the stone to the ring. Prongs are small metal tines made in on ring. The stone is put under the prongs and prongs are places on the ring to secure it in place. This type of setting is often referred to as “claw-shaped” because the prongs resemble claws holding decoration in place.

There are many different types of prong settings, mainly depending on the number of prongs used to secure the gem. Some prong settings use only one prong, though it’s typically more: 3, 4 and 6 prongs are the most common. Some jewelry pieces use even more, such as 8 prongs to secure the stone.

The prong setting makes what is call a head of the jewelry. The head can be made from the same material as the rest of the jewelry piece or made from another material, often a precious one, such as gold. This is why you’ll find description of jewelry where the body of the jewelry (typically a ring) is made of one metal while the setting is made of another.

Prongs can be designed in different ways, and it often depends on the gem’s size, shape and design. Some of the most common shapes of heads used for setting are round, oval, pear, emerald cut, marquise cut, trillian cut and princess cut. When reading a jewelry description, there will typically be a description of the cut used on the stone.

Prong setting is very beautiful and stylish, but it’s vital to check your jewelry regularly to ensure there are no loose prongs on your jewelry piece. Prongs sometimes get worn out after prolonged use so it’s important to check them out to ensure they are still tight enough to hold the gem securely in place.

On the other hand, this setting is very popular because it allows the gem or stone to be seen more than in some other setting types. There is no much metal surrounding the gem so more light can pass through the gem, which makes it more sparkly.

Bezel Setting

Bezel setting is a specially designed part of the ring made to accommodate a gem or other decoration. It is wider and thicker than the rest of the ring. Bezel setting is typically located on the upper and outsider side of the ring.

When it comes to body jewelry, bezel setting can be positioned in two different ways, vertically or horizontally, in order to accommodate two different piercing types (vertical and horizontal piercings).

Bezel setting is made in such a way to hold the gem tightly and a specially designed lip encircles and overlaps the stone to hold it in place. This way, the gem is secured more than being simply glued to the surface of the jewelry (which is often done with poorly made, cheap jewelry pieces).

A bezel setting can be full (to completely surround the gem) or partial (to leave the sides open). The full bezel is more secure but partial allows more of the gem to be seen. One great thing about bezel setting is that it’s more secure than the prong setting. It gives a good protection to the gem so it’s a good choice for those with an active lifestyle or for piercings where you expect clothes to rub on the jewelry a lot.

How to Choose Penis Plugs – Experience and Desired Effect

509tPenis plugs are among the most popular urethral toys, and for a reason. They are great way for beginner users to get familiar with the feeling of urethral stimulation and to test their boundaries: is this for me? How does it feel? Another good thing about penis plugs is that they allow you to train and stretch your urethra, which is a very much needed process if you wish to fully enjoy urethral stimulation.

That being said, penis plugs are much more than just a training device. There are so many different designs, shapes and sizes of penis plugs so they can be used for many different things and sensations. In a way, penis plugs are more versatile and multi-functional than urethral sounds, because they can be used for several different things.

Your choice of a penis plug will largely depend on two things: your experience level and the desired effect.

Experience Level

Generally speaking, there are three types of users: beginners, intermediate and experienced. There are no clear-cut boundaries between these categories and these will largely depend on your individual experience. In other words, only you can tell when you are ready to move to the next level, so to speak.

That being said, beginner users are not difficult to recognize: those are people with little or no experience with urethral stimulation. These people also have an untrained (unstreched) urethra, so stretching and training might be the first step to do. Penis plugs ideal for these people are typically shorter and thinner in size (though not way too thin) and very smooth. This is made to ensure good comfort and easy insertion.

Intermediate users are those with some experience with urethral stimulation. These users can move on to bigger and more complex penis plugs, such as those with bumps and other additions.

Experienced users are those with a stretched urethra, who know how to use urethral toys without a problem and with a lot of experience with numerous toys. These people should not have a problem using any type of a penis plug.

Of course, these categories can be defined in different ways, but it’s important to understand that some things do depend on your experience. If you are a newbie, you should stick to the penis plugs suitable for beginners. Do not jump straight into more complex and intense toys. Take some time to stretch your urethra properly and get used to the feeling.

Desired Effect

The desired effect basically means what you wish to achieve with your penis plug and how you want to use it. For example, some men want to use their penis plug during intercourse or masturbation, for maximizing the experience. Others wish to wear their penis plug daily and for long periods of time. Some men want to use them for BDSM and painful pleasures.

With so many different designs, it’s important to know which plug is good for the intended purpose. In order to fully enjoy your penis plug, you need to choose the right one for the job.

Generally speaking, most penis plugs can be used for many different things, but some are specially designed for specific sensations and acts:

  • Sperm stoppers. These penis plugs are specially made to prevent the semen to be expelled from the body. Most of them are short so they are relatively comfortable. Some have a special ball on the end to keep the fluids inside, while the others are regular penis plugs, only solid and without a hole for fluids to go through.
  • Hollow penis plugs. These plugs have a “cum thru” hole, which means you can urinate and ejaculate with the plug on. These plugs are ideal for long-term wear since you don’t have to take them off to do basic functions like urinating. They are also typically made to be smooth and comfortable, so they are truly great if you wish to wear your penis plug for hours (or days!)
  • Ribbed penis plugs. Penis plugs that are heavily textured, with ribs, bumps and other additions are made to provide additional stimulation during use. They are great for enhancing the pleasure, particularly during masturbation. The best effect is typically gained by moving the plug in and out a couple of inches, which makes the bumps massage urethral walls in an arousing, pleasurable way.
  • Long penis plugs. These penis plugs are intended for deeper urethral stimulation, even though most of them are still shorter than urethral sounds. In other words, if you want to go truly deep, you will need to use a sound designed for deep urethral stimulation. But these penis plugs still can go deep enough to be satisfying, so it’s worth having at least one in your collection.
  • Torture plugs. These are extreme penis plugs made for intense sensations or even pain. They are typically made as part of a larger device made for the entire genital area. Sometimes they are part of a cock lock system while in others they come with spiked glans rings and other extreme additions.